Filipinos are always known to be food lovers. The fast rise of food parks and speciality restaurants in every corner has proven that “eating” is indeed a typical Pinoy hobby. There are a lot of speciality restaurants that offer world cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, American, and all other global favourites. Truth is, the closest to every Pinoy’s heart is, of course, the Filipino cuisine. And while every household knows how to cook the signature Filipino dishes, we still go for restaurants that serve us fusion, better than the usual home-cooked meals.

Here are some of the best Pinoy restaurants across Metro Manila that are famous for their signature Filipino dishes. Get ready for some food tripping!

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1. Cafe Juanita

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Cafe Juanita is your typical neighbourhood restaurant. It’s an old house converted into a restaurant to ride the wave of food places in the Kapitolyo area. It boasts of its fancy interiors partnered with their Filipino food presented in a classy way. Their famous dishes include kare-kare, caldereta, and sinigang. They also have lunch buffets during Sunday for the whole family.

  • Visit Cafe Juanita at 19 West Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City.


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2. Ilustrado Restaurant

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Intramuros is known for its historical significance during the Spanish Colonial Period. Since Ilustrado is tucked within its walls, they added to the classic ambience of old-time design and still stand strong for 29 years in the culinary industry. One of their popular dishes is paella Valenciana. To add to their menu, some of the anniversary dishes include kangkong pesto, oyster laing, sayote egg drop soup, and burong mangga sorbet.

  • Visit Ilustrado Restaurant at 744 Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.

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3. Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant

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This house-turned-restaurant is one of the go-to places to fill your tummies with Pinoy food around the Tomas Morato area. The homey and cosy ambience is perfect for both intimate gatherings and group get-togethers. Their popular dishes include the Limbaga 77 house salad, kare-kare, baked lechon, halaan soup, and danggit rice. Aside from these, the best part of having to eat here is that they have valet parking so you’ll never have to worry about where to park.

  • Visit Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant at 77 Scout Limbaga St., Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City.


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4. Locavore Kitchen & Drinks

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Locavore restaurant started out simply as a place for classic Filipino food with a twist. Their unique fusion and transformation of the usual favourites became so popular that they had to open up several branches around the metro. Their famous dishes include sizzling sinigang, oyster sisig, boneless fried chicken, and a lot more. They also accept reservation for lunch and dinner through their website.

  • Visit your nearest Locavore branch in Pasig, BGC, Makati, and Pasay.


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5. Manam Comfort Filipino

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This restaurant boasts of its #BestSisigInManila claim that’s super crispy and delicious. Aside from sisig, they have lechong batchoy, sizzling corned beef belly kansi, seafood bounty kare-kare, and a whole lot more. They offer complete Pinoy menu from breakfast, lunch, merienda, dinner, and desserts. For group meals, they have salu-salo sets that prove their other hashtag, #MasMalinamnam. Their fancy Filipino ambience makes them famous for family gatherings.

  • Visit your nearest Manam branch in BGC, Makati, Pasay, San Juan and Quezon City!

6. Mesa Filipino Moderne

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This Filipino restaurant is so convenient because they have a lot of branches in the biggest malls around the country. If you want to have your own Mesa, they are open for franchise. And because they are available everywhere, they offer your favourite local dishes. Some of their popular ones are baked scallops, kare-kare, crispy pata, crispy tilapia, binagoongang baboy, and sinigang na salmon.

  • Visit your nearest Mesa Filipino Moderne restaurant in more than 25 branches in the Philippines.

7. Romulo Cafe

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Like other restaurants in this list, Romulo Cafe has adapted modernized Filipino cuisine. Though the interiors of every Romulo Cafe branch look elegant, the menu boasts of old-fashioned Pinoy food. They wanted to maintain their original family recipes and carry the famous surname. Their famous dishes are kare-kare, fried tilapia, lechon kawali, pandan rice, and their signature Lola Virginia’s chicken relleno. Their branches are open for reception venue for all types of events and gatherings.

  • Visit Romulo Cafe branches in Quezon City, Makati, Alabang, and one in London, England.


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8. Sentro 1771

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Sentro 1771  restaurant became famous for their signature sinigang na corned beef dish. It was out of the ordinary and aside from offering typical Pinoy meals, they also have pick-up and delivery services around their branches for pre-ordered favourites for breakfast, lunch, merienda, and dinner. Some popular ones are kare-kare, tofu sisig, crispy squid rings, chicken pork adobo, and fried suman.

  • Visit your nearest Sentro 1771 branch in Makati, Pasig, and BGC.

Traditional and modern Filipino food

Indeed, good food and great ambience are what makes these restaurants best in their chosen speciality. We can say that kare-kare is the most famous Pinoy food followed by sinigang. They are never out of the list in all of the Filipino restaurants mentioned.

Have you tried eating in any of them? What was your experience? Share them in the comments below.

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